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PHOTOS: A look inside the Grove Collective’s ‘Evening with Eli Manning and Jaxson Dart’

Ben Garrettby:Ben Garrett05/06/24


Ole Miss football icon Eli Manning returned to his alma mater and joined up with current Rebel quarterback Jaxson Dart on Monday for a night of fundraising for the Grove Collective, the school’s leading NIL avenue.

RiverLand Roofing sponsored the event. RiverLand also powers the Ole Miss Spirit’s ‘Ivey League’ podcast. New episodes of the ‘Ivey League’ air weekly. Third-year starting Rebel defensive lineman Jared Ivey serves as host and has already sat down with, among others, Lane Kiffin, Tre Harris, Princely Umanmielen and Keith Carter. 

Ivey was in attendance Monday. The one-of-a-kind experience featured an intimate dinner, meet-and-greet with Manning and Dart and interactive Q&A session.

Manning is a two-time Super Bowl MVP with the New York Giants. His No. 10 is retired at Ole Miss. He joins his father, Archie, as well as Chucky Mullins and Ben Williams, as the only football Rebels to have their jersey numbers retired.

Manning was a four-year letter-winner at Ole Miss from 2000-03.

He was an All-American and won the Maxwell and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm awards as a senior. Manning set or tied 47 single‑game season and career records as a Rebel. He was a 2003 Heisman finalist.

Manning finished with a school-record 10,119 career passing yards and 81 career touchdown passes. He also set new Ole Miss career records for completions (829) and passing attempts (1,363). Both marks ranked fourth in SEC history.

Dart’s is coming off a career year and his second full season at Ole Miss. He transferred in from USC ahead of the 2022 campaign. Dart was third in the SEC behind Carson Beck and LSU’s Jayden Daniels last season in passing yards (3,364). His 24 touchdown passes tied with Alabama’s Jalen Milroe for fourth. He threw six less interceptions than he did the previous year.

Photos by Ole Miss Athletics.

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